12 arrested for Dakota pipeline protest in downtown San Francisco

Photo Credit: Stanley Roberts
Photo Credit: Stanley Roberts

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON)—-Twelve people were arrested Monday morning after taking over the lobby of the Citigroup Center in San Francisco’s Financial District during a protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline, according to police.

The arrests were made on 1 Sansome street around 10:15 a.m.

The protest was organized by a group called Diablo Rising Tide and started two hours before the arrests.

The twelve arrested will most likely be cited and released, according to police Officer Carlos Manfredi.

The group is demanding Citibank stop financing the pipeline project.

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe opposes the pipeline because it believes 1,168-mile pipeline will pose a threat to the water taken from the Missouri River.

The tribe is also concerned about the impact the pipeline will have on its cultural, historic and sacred spaces.

Protests in North Dakota over the pipeline turned violent on Thursday when officers tried to move and arrest those blocking the pipeline’s construction.

“I am here today because Indigenous friends and allies in North Dakota are literally risking life and limb to stop this pipeline,” Christy Tennery-Spalding, one of those taking part in the San Francisco protest, said in a statement Monday morning.

Tennery-Spalding said, “Oil companies and banks like Citigroup do not care about clean water and clean air of impacted communities. These
companies only motivation is profit and we’re here today to say, ‘NO MORE!'”

 

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